The Avocado health benefits are so many, it is not only important in
maintaining vigour, but also instrumental in reducing the chances of
falling prey to common, life-threatening disease. It is truly a gift of nature, and is not only beneficial when you eat it as part of your diet, but can be used to nourish your skin and hair.
There are several species of Avocado, and they each have their own individual taste and texture.
The Fuerte avocado is an excellent
quality fruit, and has a rich creamy texture. The Hass avocado has a
creamy texture with slightly nutty taste. It has a thick skin, so is
easy to scoop out of the skin.
The Ryan is available towards the end of
the avocado season, and is also a nice tasting fruit.
The Pinkerton also has a thick skin,
and has a slightly sweeter taste.
The Edranol has a thick green skin with
small light brown speckles. The flesh has an excellent rich and nutty
Here is a list of things that the avocado is good for:
Avocados is Good For Your Heart
Avocados contain no cholesterol and are rich in mono-unsaturated (good) fats. In 1997 avocados were awarded the Heart Mark, which is the distinction only given to those foods that play a role in combating or lowering the rate of heart disease.
New research proves that avocados can be included in an effective weight-loss diet. According to Professor Johann Jerling of Potchefstroom university, the consumption of 200g of avocado a day within an energy restricted diet does not compromise weight loss.
Vitamins – Avocados are high in the antioxidant vitamins A and C (a single avocado provides almost 50% of your daily vitamin C requirement) and are also a source of the antioxidant vitamin E. It is the fruit with the highest content of vitamin E, a powerful antioxidant that keeps cells healthy and helps maintain a healthy immune system. In addition, avocados are also the highest fruit source of lutein, a phytochemical that helps protect against eye disease such as cataracts and macular degeneration, the
leading cause of blindness in the elderly.
Vitamin B6 not only helps the body change the food you eat into energy, but it also plays a role in
protein metabolism and is essential for growth. A 200g avo gives you almost 30% of your body’s daily requirement of vitamin B6. Vit B6 together with the amino acids tryptophan and tyrosine are important in keeping the balance of neurotransmitters serotonin and dopamine levels in the brain. This plays an important role in mood and depression.
Healthy Immune System
Vitamin C of which avos are a rich source is not only an antioxidant vitamin but also plays a role in
maintaining a healthy immune system, gums, skin and connective tissue, and also helps the absorption of iron from food.
Magnesium – Avocados are also a rich source of magnesium, that helps the change the food you eat into
energy as well as being important in maintaining a healthy muscle and nervous system.
Regeneration of Blood Cells
Folate and Folic Acid is well-known to play a vital role in cell division and the formation and regeneration of blood cells. In addition, it is essential for the normal development of the unborn baby. Avos are a source of this vital folate.
A 200g avocado contains 11g of fibre, making avocados a recognized source of fibre, in fact avos have the
highest concentration of dietary fibre of any commonly eaten fruit. Fiber is well-known for the valuable role it plays in keeping the guthealthy and in maintaining healthy blood lipid levels.
This should give you good reason to include avocados in your daily diet, and to help you with this, I
will be posting some delicious recipes using avocados. It really is one of my favourite foods, and being so healthy, one does not need an excuse for eating it every day!
There are some wonderful avocado recipe books , that has an amazing collection of recipes for using avocado in your daily diet.
To get you off to a good start, here are just a few quick and easy ideas on incorporating avocados into
Make some nice Wholewheat or Rye bread
toast, slice an avocado on top, pour a little bit of Extra Virgin
Olive Oil over it (which gives you the extra benefit of EVOO) and
squeeze a bit of lemon juice over. Sprinkle a little Pink Himalayan
salt over and some black pepper, and you are good to go!
This is a great, healthy start to your day!
Grapefruit, Avocado and Fennel Salad
1 Pink Grapefruit
250g young fennel bulb, thinly sliced
1 Large avocado
40 ml Fresh Orange Juice
30 ml Lemon Juice
30 ml Olive Oil
15 ml Honey
10 ml Fresh Thyme leaves
5 ml Whole Seed Mustard
10 ml Chopped Chives
2.5 ml Grated Orange Rind
2.5 ml Grated Fresh Ginger
Mix dressing ingredients together in
screw top bottle.
Peel Grapefruit and remove membranes
Halve, peel and thinly slice avocado.
Lay fennel slices on a platter, and
arrange grapefruit and avocado slices over fennel.
Shake dressing well and drizzle over
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